Wild Center – Tupper Lake, New York

Explore the Natural History of the Adirondacks at Wild Center, NY

New York State’s 6 million acre Adirondack Park is a wonderful place to visit for outdoors activities any time of the year. If you would like to learn about the natural history of the Adirondacks Region during your visit to the Park, visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.

The Wild Center is a fascinating 31-acre campus museum featuring both indoors and outdoors exhibits. A wide variety of live animals are included in exhibits at the Museum, and there are hands-on, interactive exhibits as well as exciting and educational theater films to view. You can explore the Museum on your own or take guided tours.

Wild Center Indoor Exhibits

The Hall of the Adirondacks houses exhibits such as the Living River Trail. Here you will see live animals including trout, otters, turtles, and other wildlife. Several Adirondack habitats are featured in this exhibit, including a marsh, deep lake, bog, the forest and an alpine peak.

The Big Wolf Great Hall houses the extraordinary Glacial Ice Wall, and details the formation of the Adirondack Mountains. Animal Encounters featuring owls and other live animals are also held at the Big Wolf Great Hall daily.

The main building at Wild Center is where the Flammer Panoramas Theater is located, and you can see excellent films related to the Adirondacks here. There is also a naturalist’s collection area and a bird viewing area at the main building. You can shop a great selection of interesting and unique gifts at the Wild Supply Co. store here, as well.

Explore the Outdoors at Wild Center

There are many trails to explore at the Wild Center. You can look for wildlife and plants you have learned about along the Pond Loop Trail and visit the Osprey Tower. There are overlooks along the Meadow Bird and Oxbow Overlook Trails, and you can visit the oxbow on the Raquette River. There is an outdoor bird exhibit at Wild Center, as well.

Visitors can hike or snowshoe the trails at Wild Center year round, and you naturalist guided excursions are available daily.

A Matter of Degrees

Starting July 4, 2008, a very special new film called A Matter of Degrees – The True History of the Adirondacks will be shown at the Wild Center’s Theater. This film was specially produced by Chedd-Angier-Lewis for the Wild Center, and it details the incredible story of the history of the Adirondacks from ancient times through the present.